The good news is that Jem Cohen’s Chain will be screening at the Walker Cinema tomorrow. I think it is one of the best films to hit the screen in the last couple years. I had the opportunity to present this film to a packed house at the Wisconsin Film Festival a couple weeks ago. It looked fantastic, and people seemed genuinely moved by the film. Chain has not made the traditional theatrical rounds, and I don’t know if there are plans for a traditional video distribution, so don’t miss the opportunity to see this film presented on the big screen and introduced by Jem. You will not be disappointed.
Lastly, more good news. My colleague here in Film/Video, Assistant Curator Dean Otto, has gallantly stepped forward to dialogue with Jem for Thursday’s event. Dean has interviewed Jem in the past, and judging by that conversation this one should be fascinating as well. Jem and Dean are still working out some details, but Jem will be bringing some of his oldest and newest work for the show. This work is not easy to see, even in NYC, and as a longtime fan of Jem’s work, I am excited and honored to be able to see these films. The event promises to be fantastic.
Jem Cohen’s NYC Weights & Measures, 2005
Also, if you are a fan or supporter of Vic Chesnutt, we’ll provide an opportunity after the program for you to send your get-well wishes to Vic.